Thanks to your efforts
- The House defeated CACR 12, an educational funding amendment to the constitution that would have enshrined the Claremont decisions in the constitution by creating for the Legislature a new "responsibility to maintain a system of public education." The amendment also would have eliminated all local control of educational curricula and funding decisions.
- The Legislature passed CACR 26, which would restore the Legislature's role as the sole law-making branch of government by amending Part 2, Article 73-a in the constitution. Under the amendment, statutory law would trump court rules, as it should. The amendment will go on the November ballot and require a 2/3 vote of the People to pass.
- The Legislature passed CACR 13, a Constitutional Amendment that would prohibit any new tax on personal income in New Hampshire from now on. By prohibiting an income tax, the Legislature and the People would be securing the New Hampshire Advantage for the long term future, attracting new companies and encouraging corporate expansion in New Hampshire, thereby promoting jobs and economic opportunity. The amendment will go on the November ballot and require a 2/3 vote of the People to pass.
- The House defeated HB 145, which started out as a great idea to stop police from abusing citizens' First Amendment right to record them in the course of their duties, and it could have been a really great bill, too. But since the opinion of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Glik v. Cunniffe, 655 F. 3d 78 (1st Cir. 2011) surfaced, this bill has become mostly unnecessary, and in its current form, counterproductive.
Urge the Governor to Sign These Bills
The following RLCNH-supported bills recently passed both bodies of the Legislature and are now headed on to the governor. Please contact the governor and urge support of these bills.
- HB 1297 is a significant step forward for liberty that prohibits the implementation of a state health benefits exchange under Obamacare. The bill will also save the state about $15 million to $20 million a year. The passage of this bill would make the repeal or amendment of Obamacare much more likely in Washington, but it also gives the state departments direction as to how they can interact with the federal government regarding Obamacare with a preference toward preserving the free market for health insurance in New Hampshire.
- SB 266 limits the use of Smart Meter gateway devices to spy into private homes and businesses without a property owner's consent.
- SB 372 and HB 1607 are bills that create tax credits against the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax for businesses who contribute to a scholarship fund for private schoolers and home schoolers. This will encourage competition for education and will likely increase the quality and decrease the cost of education, over time. The House and Senate both passed both bills in identical form.
- HB 574 is a property rights bill, which repeals an unconstitutional law that punishes people who have gone out of the way to prepare their families for the worst.
- HB 1553 repeals obsolete sections of the law.
- HB 545 repeals the annual reporting requirement of homeschooling parents, improves the home education statutes by granting more oversight over rulemaking and restricts local communities from making stricter homeschooling laws than the state.
- HB 1571 makes it illegal for state or school officials to use annual evaluations of homeschooled children as a rationale to terminate a homeschooling program against a parent's wishes and instead uses the evaluations as benchmark reports for parents to monitor their children's educational progress. The reports will no longer be sent to the commissioner of education, resident district superintendent or nonpublic school principal and will only be kept by parents. This bill is an important parental rights bill for these reasons. (As an aside, the RLCNH was opposed to a provision in the bill that limited school districts' liability for homeschooled children who then go to public schools, but this provision is minor compared to the good that comes from passing this bill.)
- HB 137 is a significant step forward for liberty that creates a New Hampshire-focused process for adopting provisions of the national fire and building code that takes power away from the state Fire Marshall and creates a board of builders and other interested parties to determine whether a new national code provision is good for New Hampshire's builders and property owners before allowing it to be adopted through the administrative rules process. Additionally, the bill allows property owners to choose whether to use the building code or the fire code when a provision in the two codes conflict.
- HB 1332 restricts fish and game and conservation officials' ability to conduct searches and seizures by clarifying that the constitution's requirement for probable cause also applies to them, which strengthens the law's compliance with Part 1, Article 19 of the N.H. Constitution.
- HB 514 restricts conservation commission officials' or other environmental officials' entry onto private property without a warrant or a property owner's permission, which strengthens the law's compliance with Part 1, Article 19 of the N.H. Constitution.
- HB 574 repeals a law that allowed the state to seize personal property from families during a state of emergency, which recognizes the importance of the Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as Part 1, Article 19 to the N.H. Constitution. Unfortunately, the law will still allow the seizure of land and commercial property, provisions that must be repealed later.
- HB 1223 adds teeth to the state's Right to Know law by making a public body or agency liable for attorneys fees incurred by a person attempting to get access to public documents and also makes public officials acting in bad faith personally liable to a civil penalty if they violate RSA 91-a, the Public Right to Know Law, which is required by Part 1, Article 8 of the N.H. Constitution.
- SB 289 requires a voter to present a valid photo identification to vote in person at the polls.
- SB 318 clears up state law to make it clear that only domiciled N.H. citizens can vote in our elections.
- SB 409 would make state legalized medical marijuana a reality for many of our sickest citizens, potentially offering them relief or even a cure.
- HB 146 would require that the court allow a defense attorney to instruct the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relationship to the facts in controversy.
- HB 1346 would allow power customers to contract with other companies to do the work for them, which would reduce costs and encourage competition.
- HB 1487 would prohibit the state from participating in any low carbon fuel standards program requiring quotas, caps, or mandates on fuels used for transportation, industrial purposes, or home heating.
- HB 1490 would add some stumbling blocks to those trying to keep RGGI alive and significantly cut electricity costs, which would help stimulate the economy. It would repeal RGGI if two other New England states also repealed RGGI.
- HB 1617 repeals Chapter 151-C, the certificate of need board law, in 2015, and will start to unravel the grievous errors of so-called “progressive” ideology in New Hampshire that have led to the decline of quality medical care and natural cost controls in the state.
- HB 1701 would prohibit the state of New Hampshire from taking away drivers licenses or other state privileges because a N.H. resident has failed to pay out-of-state taxes. New Hampshire should not be in the business of enforcing out-of-state tax laws, and this law would prohibit the practice.
Urge the governor to veto these bills
The following RLCNH-opposed bills recently passed both bodies of the Legislature and are now headed on to the governor. Please contact the governor and urge him to VETO these bills.
- HB 1699 expands current law by changing the prohibition on driving under the influence of a controlled drug to driving under the influence of a controlled drug, prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, or any other chemical substance, natural or synthetic, which impairs a person’s ability to drive. Someone could literally be required to submit to a blood test for drinking coffee or taking allergy medicine, and then be convicted of a DUI for testing positive. While the House is reconsidering its vote to pass this bill on Wednesday, we're including it also in this section with the expectation that the House will unfortunately uphold its earlier position. Start pressuring the governor now to veto this bill.
- SB 282 allows the commissioner of safety to order ignition interlock devices to be placed in a vehicle with video monitors after a person convicted of a DUI is allowed to drive again. While DUI is a serious crime and preventing repeat offenses is important, this bill will force innocent spouses or children of people convicted of a DUI to blow into an ignition interlock device even though they have done nothing wrong. Additionally, a person convicted of a DUI could use a different car that doesn't have such a device and thus get away with driving drunk. Finally, no law should ever allow an executive commissioner to impose penalties on people after they have been released from their sentence. This is double jeopardy, which is unconstitutional at the state and federal level. Only judges should be allowed to impose penalties on individuals who have been convicted of a crime. Please pressure the governor to veto this bill.
- SB 286 adds more burdensome controls on pharmacists who dispense opiates as prescription drugs, which will simply increase the cost of doing business as a pharmacist and as a result, increase the cost of health insurance. However, the bill will do absolutely nothing to stop the illicit sale or abuse of opiates. Please pressure the governor to veto this bill.
- HB 1665 allows the Superior Court to create "one or more drug courts," making the losing "War on Drugs" ever more expensive while still abusive of a person's right to do what they want with their own body and ineffective in stopping the use of illegal drugs. Please pressure the governor to veto this bill.
- Override the Governor's Veto: Prohibit E-Verify or other National ID Programs By Passing HB 1549
HB 1549 would prohibit the requirement that employers participate in an E-Verify System. The E-Verify System of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services raises the same concerns as the Real ID Act of 2005, which prompted the state of New Hampshire to reject participation in a national identification system. An E-Verity System is contrary and repugnant to Articles 1 through 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution as well as Amendments 4 through 10 of the Constitution for the United States of America. Therefore, the state should not require any employer to ever take part. Urge the House and the Senate to override the governor's veto by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and Senators@leg.state.nh.us.
- Please read and follow bills held for interim study this summer
The current House Calendar has a list of all of the bills that were retained for interim study. Please view the House calendar to scan through the list of bills and stay tuned to future notices when committees will meet to discuss these bills. Please find bills of interest to liberty and attend interim study committee meetings to help these bills along so they can be reintroduced in the next session and passed.